Fertility Solutions

Stay Hydrated

Fluids play a key role in transporting hormones, developing follicles and maintaining optimum consistency and quantity of both semen and cervical mucus. 

Water helps us to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins, both of which are important for fertility. 


If your cervical mucus is too thick to promote conception it may be that you are just dehydrated. Men can also improve the quality of semen just by drinking the right amount of water.

Water is one of the most important nutrients we consume. Seventy percent of the human body is water and it is vital to the functioning of each and every system. 

Depending on your weight and body type you can find calculators that will give you the average amount of fluids you should consume per day but listening to your body is also important. 

Try not to wait until you are very thirsty you are already dehydrated at this point instead:

*** Drink filtered water throughout the day.


*** Vegetable juices with a high water content (as well as the solid vegetables) celery, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli.


*** Fruits eaten whole also contain fibre which is vital for digestion apples, oranges, melon, grapes the lists go on..


*** If you are consuming fruit juice please dilute it with filtered water.


*** There are numerous herbal teas widely available so find some that you like, personally I have a wide variety that I choose from depending on what I feel I need.

Please remember that these teas do have medicinal benefits so it is important not to over consume them and if possible check tea bags do not contain plastic.

Please remember that tea, coffee, caffeinated drinks ( including some sodas) alcohol, high salt content foods and dry foods such as crackers, dried fruits, nuts, crisps, processed foods, cheese, cured meats, cured fish (such as smoked salmon) all take fluids out of the digestive tract.

Good quality Green Tea contains 10 times more powerful anti oxidants called polyphenois than black tea and only about half the caffeine. The art to green tea is how you brew it – 85 degrees is optimal (not with boiling water) steeped for 3 to 4 minutes depending on your taste.

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My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

Acupuncture has a positive effect on IVF

I qualified as an acupuncturist in 1995 and it is a field of work that I have loved from the beginning of my studies. The breadth and depth of the subject is endlessly fascinating to me. Over the last 25 years my practice naturally evolved more towards women’s health and then my post graduate studies concentrated on gynaecology and assisted fertility support. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and when I see patients face to face rather than having a remote online session I often recommend a course of treatment for both partners when they are preparing for or actively trying to conceive.
Acupuncture has a positive impact on the birth rate of subtotal women undergoing IVF or exceed a study has shown a recent systematic review found acupuncture to significantly improve birth rates

A summary of previous reviews found acupuncture to significantly improve clinical pregnancy rates and it is a suitable treatment option to help reduce stress and anxiety levels.


How are results calculated?

A recent systematic review and meta analysis (which is the highest level of research for evaluating the facts of a treatment) a total of 3’188 subfertile women from a 12 randomised control trials were included in the latest investigation.


What did the research find?

Acupuncture significantly improve the live birth rate of subfertile patients undergoing IVF & ICSI

This is important because in the UK the overall birth rate following assisted reproduction is only 21 to 22% whether from a fresh or frozen cycle. The birthrate of course varies with age the most successful being an under 35-year-old (29%) diminishing to only 7% between the age of 43 and 44. (The human fertilisation and embryology authority study)
Live birth rates are considered the most important measure of success for subtotal people undergoing treatment.

Acupuncture improves emotional well-being during IVF. Assisted reproduction treatments can be stressful emotionally, physically and financially and interventions to support the psychological impact of subfertility and fertility treatment should be offered.
Studies indicate that acupuncture treatment can reduce stress and or anxiety and increase women’s ability to cope with the IVF process.


When should you have acupuncture?


A comprehensive acupuncture treatment management strategy may be required leading up to a cycle, pre-treatment, during ovarian stimulation, with the aim to influence the development of ovarian follicles. This is to increase blood supply.
In addition, treatment may also be provided around embryo transfer and shortly afterwards during the two week wait before a pregnancy test to possibly influence implantation and relieve stress and anxiety resulting from uncertainty.

What you need to know about egg freezing

Women request consultations with me to discuss this highly confidential and often very emotional matter with me, they need the support of an expert to listen to their concerns and confusion.


Should I do it now ?
What is the best time to do this?
Is there a cut off point?
How much will it cost?
How long can I store my eggs for
Is defrosting a easy process
What are the success rates?

When women talk about their fertility and gynaecological health it can be complex and and bring to the surface a lot of feelings.


We talk about their
Menstrual history, Gynaecological and sexual health, recent or current contraception methods.


There may have been a previous termination or miscarriage and frequently when an in depth consultation takes place tears come to the surface.

Women face the fact that they have a finite time when they are fertile and men by contrast can go on having a family for decades after this and it may feel unfair and they resent being ‘made’ to make choices when they do not feel ready.

I have worked with dozens of women who have –

  • Thought about egg preservation and are confused and bewildered
  • Wanted clarity about egg freezing
  • Decided to freeze their eggs and need support and guidance.

Fertility preservation or egg freezing or “giving oneself a little insurance” is a choice an increasing number of women are making, it goes a little way to preserving their fertility by storing their eggs when they are under 35 years old.


The decision is rarely taken lightly as there is an emotional, physical and financial investment.


Increasingly in large metropolitan cities women are tending to have children later in life than the last couple of generations. The process of egg freezing is privately funded and of course carries a significant cost.


A lot of fertility clinics will offer a three cycle package to increase the number of eggs stored.

The process can be undertaken by Single women, hetrosexual or lesbian, wishing to preserve their eggs until they feel they are in the right relationship to start a family.


If medical treatment is necessary which may diminish their egg reserve.

Once the decision has been made it is important to find the correct clinic for you. In the UK we have the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and they give Inspection ratings, Patient ratings, Treatments available, if female staff are available and birth rate statistics.


You can enquire at 2 to 3 clinics and get a feeling of what the protocol is like, if you feel comfortable with the practitioners and perhaps attend an open evening.

Please bear in mind the relative convenience of the clinic in proximity to your home or work address as you will be required to attend for consultations, blood tests and regular scans it’s not necessarily always the best thing to go to your nearest clinic but I would say that if you’re going to a clinic far away from where you live or work you must take into consideration the amount of stress this may cause particularly when some appointments are time sensitive and may need to be early in the morning.

The decision as to whether take to take an antagonist protocol or mild stimulation will come down to a combination of factors –

  • The age of the patient.
  • AMH results
  • Broad spectrum hormonal test results
  • The personality/tolerance/preferences of the person having the treatment
  • If there are any pre-existing conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which needs to be monitored carefully.

When eggs are stored they are suspended in a Cyroprotectant solution which facilitates the storage for 10 years plus, however the outer edge of the egg becomes tougher so ICSI (IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is required for fertilisation and this would carry an extra cost.

There is a general anaesthetic involved for egg harvesting which should be taken into consideration and the approximate cost in the UK is £5000 per cycle plus storage charges, for however many years is required. There is also approximately an additional cost of £2500 for thawing the egg and undergoing an embryo transfer this is as of March 2020.

Please be sure to ask your Clinic if you can store them at a yearly cost paying annually rather than being told you need to do it for a long period of time. It is of course important to store as many eggs as you feel comfortable with, more than 25 is advisable as they have got to be defrosted (perhaps in a batch of 8 each time) only some of those will defrost successfully and go on to be viable for fertilisation and will continue on to be developed into embryos, three or five days blastocyst and transferred back into the uterus for implantation.

OHSS

Patients are very carefully monitored to prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and symptoms of this should never be ignored. During the stimulation phase patients may be scanned every second day on average to monitor how the medication affects the ovaries but please pay attention if you have any severe bloating symptoms, pain in the lower abdomen or difficulty breathing. If your clinic is not available to speak to immediately or it is the weekend you should immediately go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital.

You deserve to put your health and fertility first – contact me today to find professional help and guidance

Interview: Women, Menstruation and Getting Sober

In this enlightening and educational episode of the Soberful Podcast Linda Carter talks to Veronica Valli.

We discuss how menstruation and menopause affect women and the impact this can have on getting sober. Linda talks us through the different stage of menstruation how hormones affect our feelings and moods and what women can do to support themselves at each life stage when they want to stop drinking.

Listen to the episode here.

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The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.

Modern Fertility Medicine

Modern fertility medicine is an amazing technique to help people who have subfertility or fertility challenges get pregnant. 
I have been to many lectures about the developments in embryology which are quite astounding, I am astounded by the science, research and development into this field. How ever I have seen too many women who have been to a fertility clinic, when they have had problems conceiving quickly being given strong drugs with little investigation into the root cause of the problem.
 
The nature of the business of a fertility clinic is to make money so this is not the place to go if you want to know what your best chances are of getting pregnant naturally or on the lowest amount of medication. 

"Infertility patients are often vulnerable, even desperate and they’re also extremely easy to persuade."

There are some great clinics that do observation of a natural cycle and use minimum interventions, however when there are issues with a couple becoming pregnant it is extremely rare that they actually ask the question why? 

They usually go ahead with multiple IVF cycles – if the woman’s age allows and I have seen couple spend tens of thousands of £/$ on their treatment without the clinic perhaps exploring more as to why they are not getting pregnant. It is not financially advantageous for the clinics to do this. 

Of course I understand people want to have the much desired baby as soon as possible but the amount of extremely strong drugs which are taken without perhaps proper investigation into causes of infertility and lifestyle changes are opted for too quickly. 
The individual or couple trying to get pregnant needs patience and so do the support team around that person or couple. 

Infertility patients are often vulnerable, even desperate and they’re also extremely easy to persuade. Some clinics have taken advantage of this driving them towards a quick fix which put financial pressure on them and persuades a person to strong medications or drastic medical interventions. 
 
In my opinion, it is more important to have a diagnosis and evaluate all the options available. I advocate the gentlest course of action starting with a full evaluation of where you are today, general health for the man and the woman and if it becomes necessary starting with low levels of drugs and the gentlest forms of assisted fertility treatment available. 
 

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

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Disclaimer

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.

I invite you to share my knowledge

The one thing that made me become a specialist fertility coach is I want to share my knowledge.

By making myself available online I can reach a wider audience and I know from the work I have already done the benefit others have got through my work.

"To find someone you like and trust is not easy."

My clients come from all walks of life, all professions and are at different stages in their fertility journey. I have helped women

  • regulate their menstrual cycle
  • who are just starting to wonder about how fertile they are
  • decide where to go for fertility testing and a gynecological check up
  • find the right words to discuss sperm testing with their partner
  • identify their fertile window and when to have sex
  • cope with the frustration when they do not conceive easily

The two week wait

I have had years of experience and I know regardless of if it is natural conception or assisted fertility during the two week wait one of the hardest things for a woman is to find the balance between being positive, hopeful, allowing themselves to think of their baby and to cope with the stress and fear that it will be a negative result again.

This is a time when you need support, reassurance and somewhere to release you feelings.

Hope and disappointment are polar opposites and when this happens month after month it beings to have a profound effect on the emotions I have heard women say

  • it seems so easy for everyone else
  • everywhere I look there are babies
  • It is not fair
  • I am happy for my friend/sister/ neighbour but sad for myself
  • my partner is not supportive
  • I cannot face going to that party, wedding, baby shower
  • No one understands how I feel
  • I had to sit in a work meeting discussing maternity leave
  • this feels insane

I invite you to share my knowledge, wisdom and experience your investment will be worth it.

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

Read More...

Disclaimer

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.

I invite you to see if working with me would be the right fit ?

Trust is imperative when you share your innermost thoughts with someone.

Topics that are dear to your heart
trying to conceive

  • talking about your menstrual cycle
  • talking about past terminations, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and relationship break ups
  • brevemeants
  • secondary infertility
  • erectile dysfunction
  • sex

They bring up your rawest emotions, your most intimate feelings and finding the right person to work with is integral. You want to know who they are, you need to trust that person – you can trust me.

"You want to know who they are, you need to trust that person - you can trust me."

I have kept the confidence of countless men and women during my career and I regard this as a position of privilege. I know people have told me things they have not told another soul.

They have discussed their lives with me when they have not told their husband, wife, life partner, boyfriend or girlfriend some of the things we discuss.

Revealing their deepest vulnerability can be a frightening experience when we feel like our bodies are betraying us. I may be asking you questions about

  • Body fluids and functions
  • appetite and digestion
  • bowel movement and menstruation
  • Energy levels and sleep
  • emotional well-being
  • common emotional outburst you may have

I may look into your mouth, examine your tongue and this requires you to feel comfortable with me.

I feel compassion for my patient.

To care for humanity to not judge mistakes.

My strength comes from my ability to understand how you are in all aspects of your life your mental emotional and physical well-being my diagnostic skills have been honed over many years

I encourage you to make time every week to meet with me and discuss how you are,

for you exclusively to express yourself,

to ask questions.

We can devise a way of creating a daily time for you to rest, take stock, reflect, meditate, daydream, walk in nature – whatever is most beneficial.

I invite you to see if we are a good fit.

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

Read More...

Disclaimer

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.

How much money have you spent trying to have a baby

When a couple tries to have a baby, their finances are rarely at the forefront of their minds. Most people think the baby will come to them naturally and easily. They think about buying cute clothes and setting up a beautiful nursery.

When pregnancy does not come easily, couples will often start to consider fertility support and money quickly becomes more of a concern.

If you were guaranteed a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby most people would be willing to invest money in achieving that goal.

"Achieving pregnancy can feel like a game of Russian roulette..."

However, achieving pregnancy can feel like a game of Russian roulette, gambling with the odds stacked against. Fertility treatments can make you feel like you’re throwing money at the problem. Yet there is no guarantee you’ll get the results you’re desperate for.

Fertility can bring on tremendous financial pressure. I’ve seen:

  • Situations where a woman has paid for all the fertility treatment (in the couple) and feels isolated as she wants it more than him.
  • Men become resentful when they have paid without getting the result they want.
  • Women using donor insemination struggle repeatedly to pay the mounting bills.

Instead of throwing more money at the problem, I like to explore new avenues of thought.

For instance:

  • Are there any medications which could be impeding your chances of conceiving?
  • Is your lifestyle optimal for conception?
  • How do you right size this investment against the rest of your life?
  • Do you give up holidays, or school fees for an existing sibling?
  • Is this causing arguments with your partner?
  • If you are a single woman are your friends and family judging you for your choices? (which are hard enough in the first place actually).
  • Are these financial strains impacting your relationship?
  • Do want to save money and heartache?

Love, support, guidance, a sounding board and valuable advice is what I will give to you so that you can make well-informed decisions regarding your fertility.

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

Read More...

Disclaimer

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.

Desperately want a baby but don’t have a partner? You have options.

If only we had the benefit of hindsight….

Maybe you would have lived your life differently but there has to be an acceptance of where we are now.

There always seems to be something to do before thinking about having a baby. I am based in London and this city was not as quick as the US for example at using online dating sites now of course there are many (as well as apps where long profiles are not needed) one can create a connection more easily – however for some people they still feel this is not for them.

"There always seems to be something to do before thinking about having a baby."

There is such a fine line for women between focusing on finding a partner and looking desperate! Then somebody will say “Oh it will happen when you least expect it” or “Stop looking and you are going to find the one” all these throwaway comments can be so annoying and hurtful, particularly if a person is lonely at home, feels isolated and unloved and has not been in a relationship sometimes for years.

All you may want more than anything a lovely hug and companionship.

Focusing on the perfect partner creates an impossible shopping list of the required attributes, then there is the should I settle question?

Is this Mr right or Mr right now?

If you’re 41 and you’ve met a new man the clock is ticking however you don’t want to come across as desperate and start talking about having children within weeks or sometimes months of forming a relationship (that’s once you know it is a relationship and there is some type of exclusivity or commitment!!).

There are so many hurdles to overcome and sometimes you don’t want to talk to your mother about this, sometimes all your girlfriends seem to be in the ideal relationship and it’s not particularly a conversation you want to have with your work colleagues.

If you are considering ?

  • fertility treatment
  • donor eggs
  • donor insemination 
  • freezing your own eggs 

I can offer you the juxtaposition between taking the first step of going to a clinic or your doctor or just chatting with your girlfriends. 

My discussions with you are confidential and professional. I have the knowledge to guide you when are feel lost and confused. I have spent many years in practice helping women to see what they really want -evaluating their situation, needs, and desires honestly.

 

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

Read More...

Disclaimer

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

Linda Carter

Linda Carter

I am Linda Carter, a fertility-support coach who works with couples and individuals, like you, who are wishing to start a family but are having challenges conceiving.

Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust.

Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like you are losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could never have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to healthy baby.

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low.

We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.